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and Other Places to Wet a Line
Western chill-billy bastion of mountain culture is just a long cast from half a dozen world-class trout streams. Grab your rod and ditch your on river time. By Brian Kevin
in western Montana is equal parts sportsmanship, backcountry adventure and meditation. Not surprisingly, the richest trout streams also tend to be its most scenic, and for many die-hard anglers in Bitterroot country, the quest for lunker trout is secondary to the search for solitude and mountain beauty. Though catch-andrelease is the norm for most serious Montana anglers, regulations vary from stream to stream. plentiful shops can hook you up with info, plus a license, a few woolly buggers and maybe a guide. The is a local fave, with a cornucopia of The Missoulian Angler is rental gear on the right night and you might catch a reading by nature writers from the University of Montana. Twenty minutes east of town along Interstate 90, Rock Creek is to many Montana anglers what Whistler is to skiers, a kind of sacred ground. is the order of the day, and spunky brook, rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout hide in the myriad pockets and You might spot one of the resident bighorn
A trophy Locals hanging out in Missoula in western Montana Brown trout from the Blackfoot River Fishing in solitude Garnet Ghost Town
Lures are aplenty at The shop.
June 2010 deltaskymag.com